MONICO - Sounds of smashing, crashing, and growls in your home at 2:30 a.m. would scare just about anyone. A man in Monico woke up on Saturday morning not sure what was inside.
A young black bear found its way into John Ison's living room. With broken screens, windows, and scratched furniture, the bear caused quite a scene, but Ison was still in good spirits about the situation.
"I have that bear sign out front that says welcome, but it wasn't literally meant for the bear. It's for family and friends, not for the bear. I guess he took it literally," Ison said with a laugh.
For Ison, seeing a bear in his living room was the surprise of a lifetime.
"The front door was open. The first thing I did, I looked over to the counter and I saw the head of a bear," Ison said.
With family visiting his home that weekend, his first instinct was to protect them.
"My wife was in the back bedroom so I went in the back bedroom and grabbed my pistol from my nightstand and shut all the doors and came out," Ison said.
When he came back out he realized the bear wasn't a threat, just a scared cub that wanted to escape.
"He never made any woofs or barks or chomps; he was just scared." Ison said
The bear ran across his living room, destroying things in the house. That's when Ison decided he needed another escape.
"I went outside to go and open the slider to give him another avenue to get out," Ison said.
The bear got out safely. Ison believes the young bear was pushed into the front door by a larger bear, a mother with cubs, that sometimes hangs around his house.
"I think she caught him in the yard and he was with those cubs I think she ran him into the door," Ison said.
Michelle Woodford with the DNR believes Ison handled the situation the way he should have.
"The best step to take would be to stay out of the bear's way. The best thing to do is to is to open doors and give them as many escape routes as possible," Woodford said.
With any situation like this, Ison said it's best to keep calm.
"Nine times out of 10 they are more afraid of you than you are of them," Ison said.
Ison doesn't think he will have his guest coming back anytime soon.
"I think he has had enough," Ison said.
Insurance will pay for Ison's damages. If anyone has a situation with wildlife they cannot handle, they are urged to call wildlife services.
BIRON, WIS. - A nearly $200 million paper mill project in Wood County will get state support while helping to create more than two dozen jobs.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced $1.7 million in tax credits Wednesday for ND Paper in Biron, which is just north of Wisconsin Rapids.
ND Paper plans to convert a machine from making white paper into corrugated material for boxes. The company will also build a recycled pulp, water treatment, and fiber recovery plants. The total cost of the project is $189 million.
MADISON - Wisconsin-based convenience store chain Kwik Trip has removed some vegetable trays from its stores after several reported illnesses in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Health officials say the Del Monte vegetable trays, which included broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip, have been linked to salmonella bacteria. So far, it has sickened three people in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota. Symptoms of salmonellosis are similar to the flu.
RHINELANDER - A man found floating in an Oneida County lake died on Monday night.
The Oneida County Sheriff's Office identified the man as Thomas Lambert, 73, of Rhinelander.
Deputies were called to Jennie Webber Lake along Highway 17 in Sugar Camp around 7 p.m. Monday for the report of someone who had fallen into the lake. Deputies saw a submerged boat and someone floating in the water.
TOWN OF PELICAN - Riders will likely come across a lot of standing water and rough stretches on Oneida County's ATV/UTV trails when they open for the season on Wednesday at 8 a.m., but a club president says that's not terrible. In fact, he prefers the early-season riding.
Hodag 4-Wheelers Club President Paul Hagen went out Monday to put some finishing touches on his club's approximately 12 miles of trails it oversees around Enterprise. Crews put up new signs, took down trees, and tried to smooth things out.
Hagen says all the rain we got over the weekend will mean riders should take it slow, but the moisture should cut down on dust.
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